LATEST Collegelands Plans Revealed As More Consultation Starts

28 May, 2024 | News

DEVELOPERS have launched the second round of consultation on their plans for a £95million residential, student and cultural hub in Calton.

Some changes to the Collegelands plans have been made based on feedback from the initial process, and new details have also been given.

If approved, Collegelands Park, beside Hunter Street, will have 157 rented apartments (a reduction of 25 from early proposals) and a student residence offering 588 bed spaces.

It will be centred around a 2.5-acre park and have an arts facility with hireable event space, a community lounge and a café.

A public drop-in event will take place on Thursday (30 May) at Drygate Hall, 32A Drygate, G4 0YB, between 3pm and 7pm.

Paul O’Donnell, of developers Glasgow Enlightenment, said: “When we launched the first round of consultation in April this year, we attracted lots of excitement and interest from across the city. Now as we get closer to defining our plans, we are keen to hear more about what local people think about the development.

“We listened when some concerns were raised about the height of the buildings, and we have acted to address this issue, reconfiguring the plans, before submitting the final planning application in July.

“We also had some very productive chats with people about how they want to see the park develop and we want to make sure their views are incorporated in the masterplan.

“The latest plans show the height of the BTR (build to rent) building being reduced following consultation. Both the BTR and student accommodation buildings also step down in height towards the park at the south to create attractive roof terraces with views over the park and to reduce the visual impact of the buildings on the landscape.

“More detailed plans have also been made for the arts facility which will be built by local charity Dream Machine Productions. It will now feature a modular design inspired by a traditional Glasgow bandstand, with enclosed indoor space opening out into a courtyard. The courtyard space will have ‘Happy to Chat’ benches, free Wi-Fi, charging points and spaces that encourage outdoor remote working.”

The importance of ensuring the park is a safe place for everyone to enjoy was reinforced by the consultation exercise and through discussions with Make Space for Girls. Glasgow Enlightenment is hosting a series of workshops with the organisation to make sure the park attracts diverse users, and that voices of girls and young women are heard in the planning process.

Further details on the consultation event and the Make Space for Girls workshops can be found at and there is the opportunity for people to share their thoughts on the emerging proposals via a feedback form on the website.

Graeme Bone, of Glasgow Enlightenment, said: “We hope that local people will engage with the second stage of the consultation process – this is their chance to be heard and help us to deliver the best possible project for Glasgow and the local community.”

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